Mercedes-Benz has already placed its three-pointed star logo on the front of electrified cars, SUVs, vans and heavy-duty trucks, so why not an electric golf cart?
Meet the Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Cart, which the German carmaker is calling a “golf car.”
It’s the result of input from golf and car lovers and collaboration with golf cart manufacturer Garia that comes with everything the well-heeled golfer might want.
The golf cart has many of the details you might find in a modern luxury sports car: A front grille with an air intake slot; five-spoke alloy wheels; 14-inch wheels, which are large for this kind of vehicle; a rear spoiler; and a carbon fiber diffuser that wouldn’t look out of place on an F1 racecar.
There’s even a double wishbone suspension — ideal for looking for a golf ball in the rough.
Of course it wouldn’t be a Mercedes-Benz without a leather interior and wood decor.
Ensuring golfers are hydrated, beneath a sculpted bench seat is a refrigerator and a handy cup holder on the dashboard.
The Mercedes golf cart doesn’t have autonomous driving capabilities just yet, but it is a pretty high-tech piece of machinery.
A 10.1-inch iPad-style touchscreen not only displays whether the vehicle is in Sport or Eco mode, it shows vehicle speed and how much driving range remains.
There’s also such things as a golf-course map and electronic scorecard. The system is Bluetooth enabled for keeping an eye on the weather or ordering refreshments for the 19th hole.
The Mercedes Style Edition Garia Golf Cart has a range of 50 miles and can reach a top speed of nearly 19 miles per hour.
The electric motor provides three kilowatts, but can deliver up to 11 kilowatts for short periods, and the lithium-ion battery charges in six hours.
With disc brakes, headlights, taillights, and direction indicators, it can be driven on streets in U.S. states where this vehicle type is legal.
What prompted Mercedes to design and build two of the golf carts in order to receive customer feedback before making a decision before serial production?
“While golf has developed into a premium sport with a modern face, golf carts have remained almost unchanged for decades,” said the company. “This meant that the golf cart needed to go through a long overdue evolutionary stage spanning several decades.”
There has been no mention of price, but it’s likely that if you have ask how much it cost you probably can’t afford it.